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Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in New Jersey

Tag'em Tournaments
Tournaments in NJ and surrounding states.

NJ Youth Baseball Forum
Find teams looking for players and league notices.

Articles For Those New to Travel Baseball

What is Travel Baseball?
Clarkstown Baseball Association provides a cut and dry overview of what travel or elite baseball is and the differences between it and "Recreational" baseball.

Choosing a Youth Travel Baseball Team
This is a great introductory article for those new to the travel baseball scene that can help you narrow down what you are looking for.

Picking the Right Travel Baseball Team
By John Pinkman
Taking a look at Coaches, Mission, costs, size of team and much more.

Overuse Injuries in Youth Baseball
Pitchers aren't the only ones with overuse injuries in baseball. Check out the latest data and prevention tactics.

Pros and Cons of Parent Coaches and Being One Yourself
Parent coaches in travel baseball, good thing or bad thing? Is it a good fit for you?

Youth Sports: Maintaining Reasonable Expectations
What are the chances your kid will play college baseball or softball? Professional baseball or softball? You should read this article.

Where the Elite Kids Shouldn't Meet
By Tim Keown, ESPN Writer
A raw and honest look into Travel / Elite Baseball

Sites, Organizations and Articles We Like

American Legion Baseball
Teams from 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Regional tournaments, State tournaments and a World Series make this one of the most popular baseball organizations around.

Dixie Youth Baseball
They play great baseball and players have an opportunity to play in tournaments and a league World Series. Find a team or start a franchise.

Babe Ruth League Youth Baseball
Great organization and great baseball. This is another option for youth baseball players to continue developing their skills. Start or find a charter here.

Travel Ball Select
Travel Ball News, Forums, Scores, Travel Ball TV and other cool stuff.

Game Changer
Sign your team up, keep stats during the game, track other teams. It's great!

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Travel Baseball Teams in New Jersey

MLB Players from New Jersey

There are more than 30 active pro baseball players from New Jersey ( Among them are Todd Frazier, Jason Heyward, Mike Trout, and Derek Jeter.

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier was born in February of 1986. He was competing -- and frequently winning -- in elementary school. Long before he was a major leaguer, he was on a championship Jr. Pee Wee League team: the Toms River Raiders, 1996 ( A couple years later, he helped carry his team to victory in the 1998 Little League World Series.

Frazier played both baseball and basketball at Toms River South High School, but baseball eventually won out. He continued his baseball career at Rutgers University.

In 2007, he was a first round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds. He played in the minors for the Billings Mustangs and Louisville Bats.

Frazier was 25 when he made his MLB debut in 2011. He wasn’t just any MLB rookie, though; he was the 2012 National League Outstanding Rookie.

Jayson Heyward

Jason Heyward was born in August 1989 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, but moved to Georgia when he was very small. He loved baseball from childhood on, watching ball and reportedly imitated the batting stances of favorite players. Heyward joined the McDonough Dodgers at only eight; there he helped his team clinched the AABC World Series, winning MVP honors. After that came the Georgia Nitro.

Heyward’s height and athletic build had scouts noticing him at a young age. He was on the Henry County High School team. He continued to play travel ball on the side.

Heyward was a first round draft pick in 2007, still shy of his 18th birthday. He played for several minor league teams, beginning with the Class A Rome and progressing to AA Mississppi and AAA Gwinnet.

He made his MLB debut in 2010 at age 20. He asked for number 22, in memory of a friend and teammate who was killed in an automobile accident as a teen.

Mike Trout

Rising young star Mike Trout was born in 1991 in Millville, New Jersey. His father had been a minor league player (

As a child, Trout was bat boy for a local high school team. He also played in the Cal Ripken League and Little League.

He played shortstop and pitched for Millville Senior High. He was awarded a scholarship to East Carolina University, but bypassed it when he was selected as a first round draft pick. He was still 17.

Trout played AA baseball for the Arkansas Travelers. He notes that it was hard traveling – and being away from home – as a teenager. But he was the third best minor league prospect of 2010, according to

Trout made his MLB debut in 2011, a little before his 20th birthday. He was named American League Rookie of the Year in 2012: a unanimous choice ( Not only that, he finished second in the competition for Most Valuable Player.

Trout is still only 22, but already inspiring a younger generation of ball lovers. Recently he was inspired to hand over a pair of batting gloves to a young fan (

Tomorrow’s Ball Players

Tomorrow's ball stars will need athleticism and talent. They will also need passion for the game and a chance to play – whether it's a rec league, a travel team, or both. Jason Heyward is grateful for the opportunities he had, noting "Not many people get to travel at a young age, especially to play a game with their friends."

Sports Illustrated has also shown us Heyward in his Little League gear (

Frazier credits his high school coach for telling him to set his goals high (

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